Fractured - A Review

FRACTURED by Catherine McKenzie

Having a book published is every author’s dream but for Julie Prentice it slowly turns into a nightmare that forces her to move her family to get away from a crazed stalker.  They move to what seems like an ideal neighborhood in Cincinnati only to find that, this too, does not ensure peace and quiet.  Very quickly it all begins to go down hill again.  Is there something about her?  Do the neighbors just not like her?  Or has her stalker found her again? 
Despite everything Julie and her husband refuse to be forced from their home again.
I have a love/like relationship with Ms. McKenzie and “Fractured” falls closer to the first category.  The action in this book moved along quickly.  The back story was doled out in bits and pieces throughout the book which made it fun to try and figure things out before the end.  The look into a small close knit neighborhood and what goes on behind closed doors seemed almost voyeuristic but emphasized that not everything is always as it seems.  Everyone has secrets and when those secrets leak – the outcome is never predictable.
It took me a little while to pick up this book, but once I started it the pages turned pretty quickly.  It definitely made me willing to pick up another by Ms. McKenzie.
* I received this book at no charge from Goodreads First Reads *
A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine practises law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. Catherine's novels, SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN and SMOKE, are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages, including French, German, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Slovakian and Czech. HIDDEN was also a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Bookworld bestseller for five weeks. SMOKE was named one of the Top 100 Books in 2015 by Amazon and one of the Best Books of October by Goodreads, and was an Amazon bestseller.
ARRANGED has been optioned for film, and SPIN has been optioned for a television series. A short film of ARRANGED was made in 2014 and won a Canadian National Screen Institute Award. Catherine was on set while they filmed it. It was one of the cooler experiences of her life.
An avid skier and runner, Catherine climbed the Grand Teton in 2014.
And if you want to know how she has time to do all that, the answer is: robots.

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